WHY DO THEY DO IT?

“Corel Painter Essentials 4″ can turn photos and drawings into pieces that look very much like paintings. It’s not the only program that can do this, but it’s based on one of the earliest. It has been seven years since the last version and with this version the company has managed to take a giant step backward, It’s not that the program’s new tools aren’t fun. Most of them are. It’s that the previous version from seven years ago had outstanding videos that practically held your hand every step of the way as you learned. You worked along with the guidance of a professional artist and the results were great. The company dumped all of that. Now if you click […]

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ART FOR ART’S SAKE AND ALL THAT

Corel sent us their new “Painter” program for review. This is used by professional artists and photographers to create some nice works of digital art. Honda Motors, for example, uses Painter to make digital…

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GETTING IT ALL TOGETHER

You’ve got a loan document, a spreadsheet, an illustration, and a complex diagram — and you want to email them all to a client who doesn’t have the programs that would open those. “PDF Fusion” is a new $70 product from Corel that lets you put them all into one PDF.

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LEGAL HELP FOR LAWYERS

Corel has “Corel Perfect Authority,” a $200 program that automatically creates a “Table of Authority.”

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THE BOOK OF INKSCAPE

A how-to book on Inkscape, the free graphics program.

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GRAPHIC ARTS AND CONTESTS

You can look at the winning works in Corel Draw’s recent art contest by going to tinyurl.com/corelart.

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COREL DRAWS AGAIN

The original CorelDraw was one of the first heavy-duty graphics programs to appeal to business users as well as artists.

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